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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The City of Tahlequah, the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and several partners that worked on the West Fourth Street project met on Nov. 15 for a ribbon cutting celebrating the road’s completion.
Mayor Jason Nichols greeted the crowd present stating that the project was one with many involved.
“There are a lot of you that were involved in moving lines, poles and cables and everything else and then coming in and actually tearing up the old street and laying a new one. I think what is often forgotten too, is how much water had to be moved and why we had to build an underground river and take time to do that,” Nichols said. “You all did a marvelous job…I think we’re going to end up having this last for literally a generation.”
He added that West Fourth Street is part of a larger plan to create a three-lane thoroughfare from bypass to bypass in this community.
“Fourth Street and Allen Road are the two big ones. We’ll eventually be asking for more plans and the Tahlequah Public Works and utility companies, be ready to move more stuff because it’s going to end up happening – that’s the long range plan,” Nichols said.
West Fourth Street’s project was anticipated to be the most challenging project moving forward.
“I’m glad to have had the team like this one to get over those hurdles,” he added. “I cannot say thank you enough for all the hard work you put in.”
The entire road is now open to the public with minor additions to be placed in over the weekend.
The project was part of a $22 million bond issue dating back to 2013, being planned as early as 2012 he said.
Braden Ross, owner of ROSSCO Construction said he’s glad to have the project complete and that it had been a pleasure working for the City of Tahlequah.
The City of Tahlequah would like to say thank you to those present and that had a hand in the completion of the entire project including Tahlequah Public Works Authority, Lake Region Electric, AT&T, Greg Armstong with H.U.B. Engineering, Braden Ross and ROSSCO Construction, Les Ruark, NOPFA, Direct Traffic and the Tahlequah City Council.
“We’d also like to personally thank all the residents and business owners for their patience and enduring the hardships this project may have caused,” said Edward Carr, city administrator. “This also includes those who assisted in the completion of this project by allowing us the use of their personal property.”